Credit where it’s due: The Joe Biden administration is getting its optics right on Iran. If candidate Biden displayed too much eagerness to conciliate the regime in Tehran, President Biden seems to have curbed his enthusiasm.

Biden himself has said little on the subject since moving into the White House. But his foreign policy and national security officials have ruled out an immediate American return to the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), negotiated by President Barack Obama and abandoned by President Donald Trump.

While signaling a desire to return to diplomacy with Tehran, the likes of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan have also made it clear they’re prepared to wait. They want a "longer and stronger agreement” with the Islamic Republic.